01 Oct 2020 – 30 Nov 2020

Venue: Geneva

From exhibitions and film screenings to creative workshops and outdoor activities, learn more about the environment, encounter local wildlife and explore nature trails for a "green" autumn in Geneva.

Exhibitions and Conferences

Observation, Imagination and Creation with Sylvie Zahnd

10 October | 10:30 | Théâtre Saint-Gervais 

Sylvie Zahnd, musician and actress, proposes a journey that draws on the imagination of the participants to come up with creative stories from observing the environment.

Forum de l’alimentation durable

12-16 October | Ville de Genève

At this forum, the city and its partners aim to bring together citizens, farmers, and stakeholders of sustainable food and discuss food waste.

Botanica - Changement climatique et régne végétal

Until 18 October | Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

The BOTANICA exposition introduces the new, exotic and invasive plants that, thanks to climate change, can spread massively and cause ecologic, economic and health-related issues.

Explore Genève - Construisez la ville de demain

27-31 October | Gare des Eaux-Vives

The Ville de Genève invites the public to five dense days to reflect collectively and create a debate on urban issues at a time of ecological transition.

Les lumières dans la nuit

13 November | Plan-les-Ouates

In collaboration with the Muséum d’histoire naturelle, the Centre chauves-souris and the Société Astronomique de Genève, this conference discusses light pollution and encourages the ecological transition of Grand-Genève.

BioSphère Reconnexion

Until 19 November | Chêne-Bourg

This geodesic dome allows to reconnect with nature and will host various events such as workshops, conferences, yoga classes and concerts.

Carl von Martius - À la découverte de la biodiversité tropicale

Until 24 December | Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

The exhibition retraces the voyage of the Bavarian explorer and botanist Carl von Martius who, between 1817 and 1820, travelled to discover Brazil and became the first to describe the important biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.

Bouteille à la Mer

Until 27 June | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

Artist George Nuku creates installations of an underwater world created entirely from recycled plastic bottles and plexiglass.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 27 June | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition presents for the first time in Geneva, the winners of the 55th International Photography Competition organized by the Natural History Museum of London.

Trésors 200 ans d'histoire naturelle à Genève

Until 27 June | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

200 special objects from the Muséum reminds us that the great scientific collections of natural history museums are a world heritage of humanity, in the service of science and our planet.

Outdoor Activities

Carouge et ses jardins secrets

Until 3 October | Carouge

Discover the secret gardens of Carouge with a guided tour that will conduct you in an unsuspected universe.

Net’Léman - Le Grand Nettoyage du Lac Léman

3-4 October | ASL

Volunteer activity to help clean Lac Léman.

Bioparc Genève

7 October | 13:00-17:00 | WWF

Observe and learn about animals such as different species of birds, monkeys, lemurs and raccoons at this excursion.

Vision nocturne

9 October | 18:30-22:30 | La Libellule

Discover the nocturnal world and observe how animals see and behave at night.

Même pas peur des araignées

10 October | 13:00-16:30 | Bois des Mouilles

Discover spiders with ProNatura. Learn about the survival strategies of these mini-predators and how it helps us on a daily basis.

Forêt enchantée

10 October | 10:00-17:00 | WWF

Come for a walk in the forest and discover the secrets of the trees and their inhabitants.

Arbres de nos forêts

10 October and 14 October | La Libellule

Trees have long been seen as machines to produce wood and oxygen. But did you know that trees are social beings who learn, count and care for their neighbors?

Nos amis les escargots

14 October | 13:00-17:00 | WWF

Learn about snails and try to find some during a walk in the forest.

Des sangliers dans le viseur

7 November and 12 December | La Libellule

Wild boars are mysterious creatures. Learn more about these clever animals.

Jeu dans la forêt

Until 30 November |  Switzerland

Identify wild animals and plans in the forests all throughout Switzerland and win a prize!

Discover Geneva's Trees

Parks in Geneva

There are more than 40,000 trees in Geneva. The educational app of Parcs Genève invites the public to discover around 300 trees on educational walks. These trees have particular characteristics that make them essential to the city’s tree heritage.

Explore an Urban Forest and its Local Wildlife

Bois-de-la-Bâtie

An urban forest unique in Geneva, the Bois-de-la-Bâtie is home to a wildlife park offering the public the chance to see native wildlife species. The park contributes to the conservation of heritage species and also uses a forest management approach promoting the natural regeneration of the oak trees.

Recognize Trees Blindfolded

Parks in Geneva

Played in a park, this year-round game involves discovering a tree while wearing a blindfold and learning how to tell one tree from another. This activity is part of the “Vivre nos arbes” project promoting the heritage of Geneva’s trees.

From Cedar to Cedar

Genève-Plage to Bout-du-Monde 

This walking circuit allows the public to discover a cityscape scattered with cedar trees. There are 3,800 of these trees in Geneva, representing a precious botanical heritage that the city makes an effort to protect.

Observe Migratory Birds

Marais de Sionnet Nature Reserve

An ideal location for birdwatching in the Canton of Geneva.

Hike a Biodiversity Trail

Moulin de Vert Nature Reserve

Located in Cartigny, this nature reserve is rich in biodiversity.

Cycle Along the Rhône

Teppes de Verbois

This area is ideally located along the Rhône, a real vegetal artery and a vital lead for the migratory water birds. This complex of exceptional natural circles on the scale of Geneva and Switzerland is recognized to have national and international importance.

Cycle the Green Route

The Green Route

The Green Route brings you from Schaffhausen to Geneva in 7 routes, letting you discover six regional natural parks on your bicycle. Route 7 brings you from Le Sentier to Geneva, it is 68.9 km long.

Nature Walks

Jussy to Anières

This walking route takes you through one of the most beautiful regions in the Canton of Geneva. Along the way, discover vineyards, mountain views, the lake and, of course, biodiversity with a variety of bird species.

Hike the Rhône

Geneva to La Plaine

Hike from Geneva to La Plaine and see the natural beauty of the Rhône and the Moulin-de-Vert Nature Reserve, as well as the charming villages of Cartigny and Avully.

Nature en Ville

Onex

This walking route is composed of 12 terminals, divided between the City, the Parc des Evaux and the southern hillside of the municipality of Onex. With a length of 6km, it allows you to discover different aspects of biodiversity in the city and its green spaces.

Films

Chocolate's Darkest Secrets

1 October | 20:00 | Grand Saconnex

Film screening of illegal chocolate plantations using child labor followed by a discussion with Jean-Luc Pittet, Honorary Secretary-General of Terre des Hommes Suisse, and Miguel Pineiro, Co-Founder of Ublossom.

Ours, Simplement Sauvage and Artifishal

2 October | 18:30 and 20:30 | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

The films “Ours, simplement Sauvage” by Vincent Munier and Laurent Joffrion and “Artifishal” by Josh Murphy will be screened.

7ème Festival International du Film sur les Glaciers

9-11 October | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

Several film screenings and roundtables related to glaciers.

Our Planet

WWF

Videos and online resources from this award-winning series on the natural world.

WWF Wild Classroom

WWF

Bring conservation and science to life with these videos from WWF experts sharing their stories and experiences working to protect wildlife and habitats around the world.

Workshops

La faune des lacs et océans

17 October, 7 November and 5 December | 11:00-16:00 | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

Discover and participate in an art workshop on wildlife in lakes and oceans with artist Martin Sollberger.

Atelier Mys-Terre

30 October and 27 November | 16:30-19:00 | Onex

A creative workshop by the “Service action citoyenne” to construct an insect hotel for the garden of the Maison Onéssiene.

Un nichoir pour faire son nid

7 November | 13:00-17:00 | Centre Nature du Vallon de l’Allondon

Some birds that stay during the wintertime in the region look for places to nest in order to survive the cold months. This workshop helps create nests for robins, sparrows and other birds that will be their winter home.

Une mangeoire pour l’hiver

8 November | 9:00-12:00 | Centre Nature Pointe à la Bise

What and how do regional birds eat in winter? This workshop helps create feeders and prepare meals for the birds that stay in the area during the winter months.

Les mercredis de "Trésors" 2

Wednesdays until 24 February | 14:00-16:00 | Muséum d’histoire naturelle

A scientist accompanies the public on a special guided tour of the exhibition “Trésors” explaining the research work of the Muséum.

Herbarium

Online Tutorial | Ville de Genève

Collect tree leaves and create your own herbarium. This activity is part of the “Vive nos arbes” project aimed promoting the heritage of Geneva’s trees.

Autumn Leaves Origami

Online Tutorial | Ville de Genève

Create an original bouquet of roses using fallen autumn leaves. This activity is part of the “Vive nos arbes” project aimed promoting the heritage of Geneva’s trees.

Online Resources

Carte interactive du terroir et de la nature

Canton de Genève

Discover the protected, natural and observation areas of the canton with an interactive map, suggesting various hiking, walking and cycling routes adapted to every age.

Autumn Foliage

Map | MySwitzerland

Switzerland’s first foliage map shows where and when once can expect the forests to be at their most colorful. Find appropriate excursion tips and interesting information about the golden autumn foliage.

Biodiversity in Geneva

Patrimoine Vert Genève

Learn more about the different species of flora and fauna in Geneva.

Swiss Flora and Fauna

InfoSpecies

Learn about the different species of flora and fauna in Switzerland.

App ScienceGuide

Science naturelles Suisse

Mobile app to learn about science, biodiversity and nature activities in Switzerland.

Nature For All

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Nature-based resources to connect people with nature.